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Adrian Bell

Partner
Co-head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Disputes Group | Joint Managing Director for Asia and the Middle East

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
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12/11/2021
Ad­ju­dic­a­tion en­force­ment by com­pan­ies in li­quid­a­tion: Court of Ap­peal raises...
A re­cent Court of Ap­peal de­cision has cri­ti­cised ob­iter com­ments made by the Su­preme Court in Bresco v Lonsdale to the ef­fect that ad­ju­dic­a­tion de­cisions in fa­vour of com­pan­ies in li­quid­a­tion could in...
11/10/2021
Re­ad­just­ing Risks: CMS In­ter­na­tion­al Con­struc­tion Sur­vey 2021
In­tro­duc­tion The COV­ID-19 crisis is an ex­treme ex­ample of the many un­ex­pec­ted in­cid­ents that im­pact con­struc­tion pro­jects, res­ult­ing in heightened ten­sions and dis­putes amongst stake­hold­ers. The pan­dem­ic has ac­cen­tu­ated many of the typ­ic­al fric­tions that oc­cur in the con­struc­tion in­dustry, as well as high­light new chal­lenges. No mat­ter how ex­per­i­enced or as­tute the parties to a pro­ject are, when ne­go­ti­at­ing and con­clud­ing con­tracts, there is al­ways the po­ten­tial for an un­fore­seen event to cause ma­jor dis­rup­tion, res­ult­ing in com­mer­cial pres­sures and fin­an­cial losses.Re­ad­just­ing Risks, the latest CMS In­ter­na­tion­al Con­struc­tion Sur­vey for 2021, is avail­able to down­load now. This year's re­port ex­amined more than 50 re­sponses from seni­or mem­bers of the in­dustry and con­duc­ted in­ter­views with lead­ing fig­ures that have key re­spons­ib­il­it­ies for con­struc­tion con­tracts, pro­jects and the res­ol­u­tion of dis­putes. The sur­vey drew in re­sponses from across the world, es­pe­cially Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Lat­in Amer­ica.    The re­port show­cases the primary trends in the mar­ket, from the in­creas­ing en­thu­si­asm for ar­bit­ra­tion as a pre­ferred form of dis­pute res­ol­u­tion, along with mount­ing pref­er­ences for me­di­ation and oth­er forms of al­tern­at­ive dis­pute res­ol­u­tion (ADR), to in­dustry-wide re­cog­ni­tion that keep­ing bet­ter re­cords and man­aging change more ef­fect­ively are vi­tal to min­im­ising ten­sions and po­ten­tial dis­putes. It also re­views the ad­di­tion­al strain of COV­ID-19 on the in­dustry.
21/07/2021
Post-ter­min­a­tion li­quid­ated dam­ages: or­tho­doxy re­stored 
In a much-an­ti­cip­ated de­cision last week, the Su­preme Court has over­turned a Court of Ap­peal rul­ing on the ap­plic­a­tion of li­quid­ated dam­ages for delay in ter­min­a­tion scen­ari­os. While ul­ti­mately the ques­tion...
10/06/2021
Ir­aq Law up­date: Ac­ces­sion to The New York Con­ven­tion on the Re­cog­ni­tion...
The Par­lia­ment of the Re­pub­lic of Ir­aq rat­i­fied on 4 March 2021 the long-awaited law on the ac­ces­sion of Ir­aq to The New York Con­ven­tion on the Re­cog­ni­tion and En­force­ment of For­eign Ar­bit­ral Awards (the...
02/06/2021
Singa­pore Court of Ap­peal de­clines to fol­low Rock Ad­vert­ising: en­dorses...
A re­cent de­cision of a five-judge Court of Ap­peal in Singa­pore has con­sidered the leg­al ef­fect of no or­al modi­fic­a­tion clauses (“NOM clauses”) un­der Singa­por­ean law. In a break with the po­s­i­tion in...
24/05/2021
JCT DAB 2021: Dis­pute Ad­ju­dic­a­tion Boards and the Con­struc­tion Act
Earli­er this month, the JCT re­leased their Dis­pute Ad­ju­dic­a­tion Board Doc­u­ment­a­tion 2021 (“DAB 2021”). This pub­lic­a­tion builds on the ex­ist­ing CIArb rules for Dis­pute Boards pub­lished in 2014, but...
28/04/2021
Chal­len­ging bond calls on in­ter­na­tion­al pro­jects: Eng­lish courts vs Emer­gency...
A re­cent de­cision of the Eng­lish Com­mer­cial Court has re­fused an ap­plic­a­tion for an in­junc­tion re­quir­ing a be­ne­fi­ciary un­der an on-de­mand bond to with­draw its de­mand and re­frain from mak­ing fur­ther de­mands...
03/03/2021
Ad­ju­dic­a­tion en­force­ment in cross-bor­der dis­putes
A TCC judg­ment last week en­forced an ad­ju­dic­a­tion de­cision is­sued un­der a con­struc­tion con­tract for a hotel pro­ject in Lon­don that was sub­ject to Itali­an law and with an ex­clus­ive jur­is­dic­tion clause...
14/01/2021
The rise of the glob­al ex­pert ser­vices prac­tice: Court of Ap­peal guid­ance...
A Court of Ap­peal de­cision earli­er this week has up­held an in­junc­tion gran­ted by the TCC pre­vent­ing an in­ter­na­tion­al ex­pert ser­vices firm from act­ing for more than one party to an in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion...
18/06/2020
Su­preme Court rules on in­solv­ency ad­ju­dic­a­tion de­bate
A Su­preme Court judg­ment is­sued yes­ter­day has over­turned a Court of Ap­peal de­cision heav­ily lim­it­ing the abil­ity of in­solv­ency prac­ti­tion­ers to com­mence and en­force ad­ju­dic­a­tion pro­ceed­ings against their...
05/06/2020
Ad­vance pay­ment bonds: “step­ping down” pro­vi­sions and more guid­ance on...
Last month we re­por­ted on a TCC de­cision which con­sidered the re­quire­ments for mak­ing and re­ject­ing a de­mand un­der an ad­vance pay­ment bond sub­ject to the URDG. Very sim­il­ar is­sues have now been con­sidered...
13/05/2020
Ad­vance pay­ment bonds: non-doc­u­ment­ary con­di­tions and re­jec­tion no­tices...
A de­cision of the Eng­lish Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court pub­lished last week has con­sidered a dis­puted de­mand made un­der an ad­vance pay­ment guar­an­tee provided to se­cure per­form­ance of an in­ter­na­tion­al...